Friday, February 28, 2014

"For your consideration": enduring Oscar notables

On hand at all times in the Daedalus DVD section is an array of films both classic and recent that have garnered top honors, including Academy Award wins and nominations. For example, director Tamara Jenkins' original screenplay for The Savages was nominated for an Oscar in 2008. As estranged siblings dealing with the death of their father, it starred Laura Linney (Oscar nomination) and the late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman (Golden Globe nomination).
Multiple Oscar nods and statuettes also went to Capote (with a Best Actor Academy Award for Hoffman). Scroll down this shortlist and you'll find a passel of award-winning flicks to catch your fancy and add to your collection. Highlights include Chariots of Fire, The Shawshank Redemption, Network, An American in Paris, Dr Strangelove, Bullitt, Kinsey, A Single Man, A Farewell to Arms, An Education, Gods and Monsters, Glory, McCabe & Mrs Miller, Away From Her, Roman Holiday, Now Voyager, The Social Network, The Lives of Others, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Midnight Cowboy, Kramer vs. Kramer,  A Prophet, Girl Interrupted, Gunga Din, Georgy Girl, and Rambln' Rose.
Here's hoping your favorites walk away with the golden icon on Sunday night!
In 1971, Julie Christie (above, with Warren Beatty) received an Oscar nomination for her role in Robert Altman's surpassing Western McCabe & Mrs Miller; in 2007, she starred unforgettably in Away from Her, Sarah Polley's adaptation of Alice Munro's novella "The Bear Went Over the Mountain."


  1. I'm reading "Carpe Diem" (thank you, thank you!), and was surprised to be reminded of "The Browning Version", a film I saw a donkey's age ago, which showed me what Sir Michael Redgrave could do.
    He played a classics prof. in a midlife crisis. Considered by his wife to be a failure, ignored by his peers, Andrew Crocker-Harris seemed to be the most miserable wimp on earth. Then a student brought him a gift. Agamemnon, in the Browning translation. Redgrave's reaction to it brought tears to my eyes, for the very restraint he showed, and the effort it appeared to cost him.
    Here was the validation he thought he lost, not in awards or the approving glance of a shallow wife, but in a small voice answering back your cry in the wilderness with, "I hear you. I understand."
    It was for this that he had begun his career, and this was his success. Sir Michael's performance was all there was to the movie, and it was enough.

    1. I love that film too. & British films. & the Redgraves!!